Man of Steel

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Superman's back in brooding, action-packed reboot.

PG-13 2013 148 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 47 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 140 reviews

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age 14+

Mindless violence ruins great build up

We watched the first hour and loved the way it developed the characters and the relationships Superman has with his fathers and Lois Lane. This movie had the potential to be better than most one-dimensional superhero movies. Then the bad guys appeared and the movie turned into a festival of indestructible aliens pounding each other (and the city) into pulp (and rubble). The intimate physical violence, smashing faces, grinding heads into the ground, and especially the neck snapping at the end of the movie was unnecessary and hard to take. Attempting to hold this slug-fest together was an increasingly irrelevant story full of plot holes and even the claim that evolutionary theory predicts that amorality gives a species a survival advantage (...really??) Unless you are a superman fan, I don't see the point of this movie. Despite early promise, it ended up being too mindless for most older viewers to be kept interested, while being too violent for a younger audience. I guess if you are an action movie fan with 3 free hours then go for it. Or better yet, watch the Krypton bit, then fast forward to Zod and enjoy.

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Too much violence
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age 12+

Man of Steel

DC Awesomeness 8/10. Some language and variations on "ass": "ass," "dumbass," "a--wipe," and "a--hole," plus "d--ksplash," "hell," "s--t," "pussy," "comparing d--ks," "damn," and "crap." One use of the word "f-ing," toward the end, with out the rest filled in.
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